Sunday, June 11, 2006

10:31 Sunday

Today's Topic: The Big Day

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." This is the theme verse of Covenant Life's Junior High and High School Ministry, which we highlighted this Sunday.

The youth completely took over the church. Teens were swarming around the lobby as people entered to greet and hand out the bulletins. The youth band led us in singing songs of worship to God. We saw a year-in-review video from youth activities during the 2005-2006 school year. One youth pastor, Grant Layman, led the meeting, and another youth pastor, Dave Brewer, preached.

We also got to hear from five of the teens, as they shared with the church portions of their Senior Challenges. Earlier in the spring, eighteen seniors spoke to the underclassmen, explaining what God had taught them during high school and challenging their peers to pursue God full out. Here are excerpts from the Senior Challenges that we heard today.

Stacey :|: "Don't wait until you are older to really start to read and meditate on God's word because God can use you right now."

Brett :|: "Pursue your parents as friends by building a close relationship with them... Open your whole lives to your parents and experience the grace of God."

Timi :|: "I urge all the youth not to live in deceit. The pleasure gained from it will only leave you wanting more. The world does not satisfy. Only God satisfies... Confess your sin and find true freedom in Christ."

Hannah :|: "One of things I have come to love the most [about our church] is the protection it brings us... God has placed our church as well as our parents and our pastors in our lives, so that we can stay as far away from sin as possible."

David :|: "What could be more important than being prepared for the day you die?... Either the gospel is true or it's not... If none of it's true, then why bother. But if it is true, the implications are so huge, how can we live as if it is not true?... I would encourage you and challenge you to ask God to help you live this day as if it is the last day or your life."

You will soon be able hear the complete Senior Challenges here.

Dave Brewer shared a brief message on the grace of God in our teenagers. Truly God has been good as dozens of seniors graduate high school each year and attend college near Covenant Life because they love the church so much. Only God can create a truly multi-generational church where grandparents, parents, and children worship God at together.

Finally, we watched the 10:31 Award Video. One man and one woman are chosen from the senior class to receive the 10:31 Award. Parents, teens, teachers, pastors, and small group leaders all vote, I believe. The Award goes to the two students who have best exemplified the theme verse: doing everything for the glory of God.

I want to give my congratulations to Beth, one of this year's award winners. She serves on the lighting crew, and has been a joy to work alongside. Beth, you have my deep respect and I can't wait to see what God does in your life in the future!

Lastly, I want to thank all the other youth that serve on our production teams. Over 1/3 of the volunteers on the technical teams are under the age of 18 years old. That's about 50 high schoolers who give away a significant portion of their free time to assist in proclaiming God's Word clearly and broadly.

Thanks for making my job such a joy and, more importantly, for doing everything to the glory of God!

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